Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full  maintenance contracts .
We have many  tables now  in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £80 per month and no VAT to pay !
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can  , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .

initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year  , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .

we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament  as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .

Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system

we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .

the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from  your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .


*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day  at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool  players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford .
I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards .
I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham .
although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings
and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius
.so no conflict of interest .
John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on .
I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~
Sorry no Boys to carry on the business .
Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 .
having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor .
of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street .
Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years .
I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter .
I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin .
I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts .
I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .

I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table .
But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele .
I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on .
I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables .
a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you .
To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas .
let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement .
So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s
I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time .
So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet .
and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old .
he fully retired just before I started there .

One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924

other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
NG24 1UA
tel 01636 612030

I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .

but just to refresh what we are about .

This is what we do
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .

Back to work after Holidays and now taking more bookings

I have been away on Holiday and taken some time off for work on my Home which was required .
during most of May and part of June .
Sorry if you have been trying to contact me during this time but I never take my phone with me , as I need a full break away from work .
We are now back to normal trading and if you require any work on your snooker or pool table please get in touch .

Geoff has Over 45 years of experience of billiards fitting .
worked on most tables out there . from small pool tables to full size Snooker tables , from garden sheds to stately homes , from coal miners to celebrities of sport and entertainment , every one I have carried out work for gets treated the same in Manners and in Workmanship .
There are only a Hand full of time Apprentice served Billiards fitters out there in the UK , GCL billiards has the experience and workmanship you will be looking for .

New phone after holidays ….lost messages

I have bought a new phone and on swap over lost all my messages and what’s app messages too .
if you have sent a message over the last month while I have been away on Holiday and are awaiting reply please resend , if sending a photo of a table please add some message with it , what this photo inquiry is all about , I get hundreds of photos sent of tables with no messages ????
how am I supposed to know what I am looking at the pool or snooker table for ?
it could be for work on it or the table is for sale ?
for example 6 people phone about a table some may want a re-cloth and other work , others may want to sell it and place it on my web site, I say send me a photo of the table and I will answer any questions , all 6 send photos but no dialogue with them ? but no Questions or where the table is located , any stairs etc .


Geoff Large
GCL billiards

Working at Butlins all week next week , away from phone and emails until Friday evening .

Week commencing 25th April to 29th April .

I am working at Skegness Butlins re-clothing multi tables in the green Baize on site until Friday
then have a Snooker table to re-cloth on the way back in Lincoln
due to working in metal building all day the phone signal is zero .
and I do not take a PC or lap top with me to access my emails and never reply to emails or even read them on a small telephone screen .
so any emails will not be picked up until I return Home on Friday evening the 29th April .

Butlins Skegness

Supreme coin operated 7×4 pool table wanted

I am in need of a black pearl supreme winner pool table , coin operated mechanical coin op type straight 6 .
Green badge onwards , willing to look at other colour bodies of main table
Cloth condition not bothered a sit will be re-clothed also rubber bounce not too bothered
but cabinet must be good order .
CASH waiting

Booked up for work on Snooker and Pool tables March and April and away whole of May .

I am afraid to say that the billiards and snooker industry is in very high demand , which has caused a backlog of work to fit in , this has resulted in being booked up for work for the next 7 weeks which takes us up to May 7th .
Now we are taking a long break because of Holidays booked and also a couple of weeks working on the house .
And no bookings are being taken until after June 8th as we speak .
I can book any work in after 8th June which then may cause a backlog going forward .


We are now finding that there will be considerable price increases in the cue sports billiards trade .
not only in materials and postage and overhead costs , but also in Wages .
add to this the current fuel increases and the cost of running a vehicle .
and to show you one example of price increase here is one we received from Heywood pool , the manufacturers of the leading Supreme pool range of tables .

Dated 9th March

to GCL billiards

We hope this letter finds you well

The unprecedented price of raw materials , services and commodities has continued to spiral
upwards for the past 12 months and looks to show no signs of stability in 2022

In addition to the sharp rise in general operating and material costs costs the Government has also
announced from the 1st of April , there will be a 6.6% rise in the national living wage plus a rise in Employer National insurance contributions.

We are sorry that it is necessary to increase our prices

Going forward our price list will be re evaluated every 60 days and prices may be subject to further increases throughout the year .

As our lead time is quite extensive ( maybe up to 4 to 6 months waiting time ) prices will be confirmed at time of manufacture and not at order date .

We are confident that we have done everything we can to remain competitive in the current market

Kind regards

Heywood Pool

As you can see you can order a pool table at the current prices , but by the time the table is put into manufacture the price may have increased twice depending on lead time .
now we also at GCL Billiards will be putting the 6.6% wage increase , and also the increase of our operating costs , I’m afraid you are going to see in all industries price increases and cost of living spiralling up until we get some stability .
Coming out of the EU , Covid , and now the war in Europe is effecting prices, not only of oil and gas ,
but also we are looking for other suppliers who we would not normally deal with , because of costings or low on stock and this is the only way to get stock in ..
I will try and keep costs low and always look for the best way to buy materials in , but sometimes price is the key to getting work in , I will not cut corners and supply inferior cloth or goods , so be prepared to see some fluctuations of costings and estimates across the range of work we do .
and also goods not readily available off the shelf , and a lead time estimate given .
try and not ask for special edition colours of cloth, keep within Green and there should be no problem .
some different colours are available at the manufacturers such as Hainsworth in their smart cloth grade , but I am getting a lot of disappointed clients who think they can order special edition colour chart cloths and it be in stock straight away within a few days when in reality it could be a couple of months for that special edition red or orange or grey cloth as an example .
little things like a set of moulded leathers not being in stock can hold a job up too .
or Northern rubber stock .
since we came through covid none of the manufacturers are operating at full production and this is why sometimes there will be some parts hard to get hold of .


Geoff Large
NBSA approved billiards fitter
Hainsworth fit list approved Fitter

SOLD ! Burroughs and Watts full size oak snooker table for sale fantastic condition £1500

NOW SOLD and not for sale unless buyer pulls out

We have a client based in Slough , who would like to sell their full size snooker table
the table from the photos looks to have been renovated by alliance billiards and is in very good condition . my client is looking for £1500 which is rather less than he paid for it a few years ago .
so look upon this table as a mid range priced table that in rough condition would cost around £500 to £750 , but then you would have to pay a lot to get it to this standard .
in fact much more to go down that route than this route of already renovated .
as you can see from the photos it is a very nice turned and fluted leg in medium oak , not many oak tables around for sale , plenty in mahogany but not oak .
Typical leg design of Burroughs and watts with concealed church window knee panels , with secret lift push and tilt out action to reveal the leg bolt heads .
accessories are in with the sale all inclusive at £1500 , buyer to arrange to have the table dismantled and relocated .
GCL Billiards could quote for this work after purchase .
but get a quote anyway to see total costings , please send a full address post code location of where the table is to be delivered we only do ground floor installs now , this table is located on a ground floor at present .

as you see exceptional condition .
Cloth looks almost new , and wood work as just been re-polished .

Emails playing up some not getting through

We are experiencing some email disruption off a few people emailing us and the message is not getting through .
and it is the same when I send an email to them , and they try and reply to it .
tried emptying past emails , clearing spam and deleted mails .
to free up space to see if that was the problem , but it is still a problem for us .
so if you have not heard from me , please try another method of contact , like text message to our mobile
077534 66064
until we sort this problem out .

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